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with stunning twists in the scandal that brought down the head of the cia, general david petraeus. another u.s. general is caught in the same tangled web. john allen, top commander in afghanistan, is being investigated by the pentagon for allegedly sending inappropriate e-mails to a married woman, the same woman whose complaint of threatening e-mails from general petraeus' lover cracked the scandal wide open. barbara starr is trying to sort this out for us. it is rather complicated, what's the latest you're getting? >> it is still the same fundamental question for the last 24 hours, wolf. why is john allen being investigated and how on earth did he get caught up in this? marine corps general john allen denies an extramarital affair with jill kelly, the florida socialite whose concern over threatening e-mails led to an investigation that revealed an affair between cia director david petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. a pentagon official told reporters allen who commands the war in afghanistan is adamant he did nothing wrong. a senior official close to allen tells cnn of kelly there
blamed on a spontaneous demonstration over a film, a mob. he has contacted the cia as well as committees in the house and senate to offer his testimony. meanwhile, new questions on whether or not general petraeus told everything that he knew on benghazi the first time he sat down for testimony. that would have been three days after the attack on the 14th of september. so good morning. a lot to chew on. we'll connect all the dots. i'm bill hemmer. good morning. martha: that's a huge headline that petraeus will testify. lawmakers were set to be briefed by the fbi today on capitol hill. they have a lot of questions about all of this. why did no one inform congress or the white house that the director of the cia was currently under investigation. big question mark over that. doug, what's the latest on this today? >> developments continue to come in fast and furiously. catherine herridge is reporting some key lawmakers are openly questioning the veracity of david petraeus' testimony when he said the attack was a flash mob. and a demonstration that spun out of control. with that explanation ov
's susan boyle. bill: here we go. a fox news exclusive. former cia director david petraeus who resigned friday after acknowledging the extramarital affair with his biographer has agreed to testify voluntarily before the house and senate intelligence committee. prior to his resignation he had been scheduled to testify about the scandal in benghazi, libya where the ambassador and three other americans were killed. that was initially blamed on a spontaneous demonstration over a film, a mob. he has contacted the cia as well as committees in the house and senate to offer his testimony meanwhile, new questions on whether or not general petraeus told everything that he knew on benghazi the first time he sat down for testimony. that would have been three days after the attack on the 14th of september. so good morning. a lot to chew on. we'll connect all the dots. i'm bill hemmer. good morning. martha: that's a huge headline that petraeus will testify. lawmakers were set to be briefed by the fbi today on capitol hill. they have a lot of questions about all of this. why did no one inform congress
is expected to face some pretty tough questions this morning over how the cia handled the attack in benghazi. >> it's the first time top lawmakers had a chance to question petraeus since he was caught up in that sex scandal. abc's preeti arla has a preview of today's hearings from washington. >> reporter: general david petraeus heads to capitol hill today to face lawmakers. he will meet behind closed doors with the house and senate intelligence committees. his testimony comes a week after he stepped down as cia director after admitting to an extramarital affair. >> director petraeus went to tripoli. he interviewed many of the people, as i understand it, that were involved. and so, the opportunity to get his views, i think are very -- is very important. >> reporter: the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, left four people dead, including u.s. ambassador chris stephens. yesterday, lawmakers heard from the acting cia director behind closed doors and watched the real-time video of the attacks. >> number one, were mistakes made? gosh, we know mistakes were made. and we have to learn from it
against scathing criticism from republicans. all that, while embattled former cia director david petraeus will testify on capitol hill. >>> and breaking news from the middast, as rockets are fired between the israelis and palestinians. this morning, three israelis are killed. a live report coming up. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and today one scandal will give way to another in washington. former cia director david petraeus is expected to testify in a closed-door senate intelligence committee hearing. general petraeus is not expected to discuss his personal indiscretions that ended his cia career last week. instead, he'll be discussing details on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that resulted in the death of ambassador christopher stevens and three others. >>> also, the controversy over u.n. ambassador susan rice calling the assault spontaneous back in september has reached a boiling point. yesterday, president obama, in his first news conference since re-election, exploded at republican finger-pointing over rice. >> if senator mccain and senator
has been totally in the dark or was totally in the dark. the director of the cia was under investigation until a week ago last wednesday is when they say he found out. even so that investigation ban months ago. >> it is simply a fact that the white house is knottednot aware situation regarding general petraeus until wednesday. the situation regarding general allen until friday. so the fbi is the place to go. >> the deputy director of the fbi shawn joyce is going to make an appearance on capitol hill to brief leaders of the house and senate intelligence committee to say why they also were not kept in the loop regarding the investigation of general petraeus. this story has taken several strange turns in the past 24-hours. we caught our first glimpse of paula broadwell and found her driver's license was found on a jogging trail in washington. the scandal that started with broadwell has ballooned to include the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general john allen accused of sending several00 e-mails to kelley that were like phone-sex over e-mail. it is time right now to hold of
nelson. a serious matter addressed to day on capitol hill, that is wrl former cia director david petraeus will tell lawmakers about the deadly attack against americans in benghazi back in september. what else he may be asked about, who knows. lawmakers insist their focus will be strictly on that attack. >>> plus, in the wake of superstorm sandy, hundreds of thousands of cars destroyed. we will check in on what effect that is having on the used car market. >> very interesting story. could impact consumers nationwide. so that is not a northeast story by any stretch. >>> plus, uh-oh, could there be trouble in paradise? we're hearing word the marriage of kris and bruce jenner might be on the rocks. now, if that is not a story for a friday "skinny," you tell me what is. >> we would be shocked if that hatched, happened, right? >> they're classy. i'm sure they'll save the break-up for the next season. >> reality tv. >>> first, it is another day of violence. nearly 100 israeli missiles exploded in gaza city as the death toll climbed to 19. >> on top of that, israel is now threatening to bring in
that toppled the cia director, former general david petraeus. abc's brian ross looked into this question. did the two women involved in the scandal try to make a profit off their ties to powerful officers? here's the brian ross investigation. >> reporter: in addition to the book and the sex, paula broadwell's connection with general david petraeus provided another benefit. a celebrity status in military circles that led to a role as an expert commentator and firing range demonstrator in an infomercial for a company trying to gain military contracts for this strange looking machine gun. >> on the individual fighter, reducing weight is critical. >> reporter: on this tape, shot last december in the midst of her affair with the four-star general running the cia, broadwell is identified as the author of the petraeus biography. in a previous infomercial six years ago, she had no speaking part and simply demonstrated the gun. officials at the company, located in virginia beach, said broadwell has no official affiliation with them, but would not answer abc news questions about why they chose to use h
what's going on right now with the fbi and the cia. >> soup/sandwich? >> that's a good one. >> go rodeo. >> bye-bye. >> my favorite perhaps. if it's way too early, it's "morning joe." but now -- >> "the rundown" with chuck todd. >> chuckles. >>> well, even more surprises this morning in the events that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. the fbi finds that marine general john allen, who was set to take over nato soon, exchanged thousands of pages of e-mails with the woman who says she was harassed by petraeus' mistre mistress. this is for real, folks. this is not a soap opera and we're just getting started. >>> back on capitol hill, questions keep growing about who knew what and when on the petraeus situation that now involved the cia, the fbi the pentagon, the white house, and congress. so much for nothing to distract from avoiding the fiscal cliff. >>> and recommend how president obama and mitt romney yukd yucked it up? the president had the last laugh. find out how he did it in today's deep dive. it's not how you think. good morning from washington. it's tuesday, n
: that's right. this is a group of officials from the cia including the acting cia director, mr. clapper and others from the state department have been going around. they had a very long meeting on the house side for the house intelligence committee this morning. by the way, this is the one that general petraeus was supposed to be doing coming back after congress was gone and really giving them the details that they have about what happened in benghazi, why the intelligence community may have not had the correct initial information about what happened there and what they know now. that briefing on the senate side is going on as we speak. and as i mentioned, we're going to hear from the chairwoman in the ranking republican. what we do know is that they are seeing a video that was obtained from the consulate. it was a closed circuit video that intelligence officials are hoping will shed light on what really happened and why the information they had at the time may not be what it turned out to be in the end. >> dana, thanks very much. we'll have much more on this part of the story coming up
, the acting cia director. we also have a top deputy from the fbi. an undersecretary from the state department in addition to the head of the national counterterrorism center. this is the nation's hub for threat assessments in this country. what is most eagerly anticipated is the testimony of former cia director david petraeus. what we expect now that will happen on friday, martha. martha: fast nating to see how each of those sides, and david petraeus present what was going on and what their agencies were doing. then there is this big question, catherine, which john mccain is pushing for, a special investigation, a panel, a select committee to be put in place. is there any chance of that? >> reporter: well there seems to be some immediate pushback. to lay it out for folks. we have three senior senate republicans who believe the fallout from benghazi is so significant it is on par with some of the major scandals of american history. >> watergate investigation benefited from a joint select committee. iran-contra benefited from a select committee. i think finding the truth about benghazi is only
morning. >> for sure. >>> even as new details of the scandal that forced him out of cia director continue to emerge on friday general david petraeus appeared on capitol hill and he was summoned to testify about the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi libya, that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador. margaret brennan is here with the story. >> good morning, rebecca. david petraeus first briefed congress about the attack in benghazi days after the assault. yesterday he made clear the cia knew then that al qaeda was behind the attack but that intelligence was considered classified. avoiding cameras on capitol hill former cia director david petraeus slipped behind closed doors to brief house and senate intelligence members deadly assault on the benghazi consulate in libya on september 11th. four americans were killed in the attack including ambassador chris stevens. when asked by lawmakers to explain the cia's talking point memo circulated after the assault, petraeus is said to have described the assault as a terrorist attack. the cia
intelligence leaders want to talk to acting cia director morrell to find out who knew what and when. >>> reporter: the sex scandal that brought down former cia director petraeus moves to capitol hill today. house intelligence leaders will ask fbi deputy director sean joyce and acting cia director michael morrell about the events that led to david petraeus's rester nation as head of the spy's significance. he left when news of his affair with paula broadwell became public. >> did you have any undercasion -- >> reporter: tampa socialite jill kelley received threatening e-mails linked to broadwell. kelley is connected to another general. america's top commander in afghanistan, general john allen. the pentagon is looking at moshe 20,000 documents and e- mails between allen and kelly which some labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. >> general allen's nomination could be the next leader of u.s. forces european command and nato's supreme allied commander is in doubt. >> his nomination is on hold as a prudent measure until we determine the facts. >
access to two of the most powerful and respected men in washington, form er head of the cia. it was kelley who unintentionally exposed his affair and cost him his job as cia director. and then the messages she traded with general john allen, now the focus of his own investigation. tom fuentes is a cnn contributor and former assistant director of the fbi. welcome, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> so kelley san honorary consulate to south korea. now they may fire her if events warrant. this is just getting embarrassing. >> well, i don't know exactly what they're firing her from since that really is a pretty meaningless term in the first place. if she gets demoted from some position that almost means nothing, so what? >> it's hard to understand all of these terms. honorary consulate means she helps the south koreans set up appear parties and stuff? she introduces them to people in the united states? do you know what an honorary consulate is? >> not exactly. diplomatic status is invoked by the host country, like south korea saying this person would be working in your country and
frankly that's a job for both the military and/or the c.i.a. to investigate. that type of a security concern. not for the fbi. so the fbi still has some explaining to do in my mind. >> eliot: why the distinction if there is a legitimate reason or maybe the facts are different between the way general petraeus has offered his resignation and the president expressing support for general allen. is there a reason for that distinction that you can discern? >> absolutely. first off general allen's behavior flirting -- many things are against the military code of justice but flirting isn't. that being said, i can absolutely understand the secretary's actions where general allen is concerned at this point. the real question -- what's happening is general allen was up, as you said, to take over as nato's supreme allied commander. that's a senate-confirmed position. any time that there is an investigation, regardless of whether it has any merit or not that investigation is always concluded before you put somebody in front of the
>> tonight continuing fallout from the ris ig-- resignation of cii-- cia director david petraeus. congress returns this week but can it avoid the fiscal cliff? david martin outlines the budget cuts the pentagon is facing. california's vote for higher taxes for schools. carter evans talks to teachers and kids. >> we want to have a good life, we want to have great careers. >> jeff: and on this veteran's day lee cowan hears from parents who lost their only child to a man wearing an afghan army uniform. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor, two days after the abrupt resignation of cia director david petraeus more details are emerging about the chain of events that lead to his depar ture. we begin tonight with bob orr in washington. >> good luck, sir. >> reporter: sources say the down fall of cia director david petraeus was rooted in jealousy. the f business, uncovered evidence of an affair between petraeus and his biographer paula broadwell after she sent harassing messages to another woman who broadwell thought was too clo
. the president holds a post-election news conference his first in eight months. >> the cia scandal, benghazi attack, and looming fiscal cliff all got plenty of attention. it's thursday, november 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good thursday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. the president heads to new york today for a look at hurricane recovery. we are going to have highlights of his news conference in a moment. >>> also, this half hour, what is next in the middle east, after israel unleashes a deadly assault that takes out a leader of hamas? >> growing tension in the area of the country. a hot spot. >>> we'll head to the great northwest on the trail of bigfoot. we follow the die-hard big foot hunters determined to track down the legendary beast. >>> and one week until thanksgiving. rub your belly, please. i can't wait to eat. >> it's time. >> disney our parent company helping usher in the season with colorful windows and clothes and all for a very good cause. >>> but first, the president takes a one-day break from his budget crisis t
fast-moving cia sex scandal. new pictures of the mistress at the center of the storm. paula broadwell, still silent, as the secretary of defense, defends the top american general caught in the scandal, overnight. >>> breaking overnight, a plane with three pilots on board slams head-on into a neighborhood in mississippi, crashing into a house and bursting into flames. a narrow escape for the woman inside. now, new clues about what caused the crash. >>> lottery scam. the elaborate sting to capture two brother who is swindled a father of two out of a $5 million winning ticket. the two brothers are under arrest. the father on top of the world. how lottery officials pulled it off. ♪ hey sexy lady >>> now, look who has gone "gangnam." red hot psy's surprise, aing with madonna in front of 25,000 fans. music's biggest superstar, turning up the heat with the hottest star on the planet last night. ♪ >> hello, new york! >>> happy wednesday. we have a lot of new and exclusive details pouring in on the cia sex scandal. it's already cost general petraeus his job as the head of the cia
the agreement of the cia and the fbi. the white house and state department did not make those changes. rice used the talking points in tv appearances shortly after the attack and republicans accused her of making misleading statement business referring to the assault as a spontaneous demonstration by extremists, suggesting she did it for political reasons. the intelligence source says that the links to al qaeda were deemed too tenuous to make public. however, cia director david petraeus told congress he had agreed to release that information in early draft. it was passed along to dni. then the fbi, which made more. head of dni is james clapford who did reopen the case but who suggested the final edit which were then signed off on again, by all intelligence agencies is not known. charlie? >>> new hope for some of america's most beloved snacks. rebecca jarvis is here with that story. so the story is not over? >> it's not over. if you ran out and bought a $30 box of twinkies hopefully you didn't throw way the reseat. hostess has been trying to liquidate. they start this ha
that that came directly from the cia, everything that she said. the senators responded by accusing both her and the cia of shading it for political reasons. rice, as you can imagine, forcefully denied that. and, george, so did the acting cia director, who was with her in the meeting. the republican senators just didn't buy it. >> jon, the white house insists president obama has not made the decision to nominate ambassador rice for secretary of state. but they also say that this opposition isn't going to make any difference in that decision. >> reporter: they've been consistent in saying that. and rice herself has told people she had no idea whether or not the president will nominate her. the white house tells me she is very much the leading candidate. and hillary clinton, friends of hillary clinton say, that they expect her to leave immediately after the president's first term is over, in early january. so time is really running out on that, george. i would expect a decision on this very soon. certainly well before christmas. >> rice will be meeting with more senators today? >> reporter: th
time since the cia sex scandal, facing questions about the attacks on americans in libya. this, as the photo of that fbi agent connected to the so-called whistleblower in the case is revealed. >>> an astonishing rescue after that three-car crash caught on tape. neighbors race to help the victims. then this, a grandfather of 14, battling broken glass and twisted metal, to safe a baby at the last minute. >>> and are you ready for this? lindsay lohan set to walk into our times square studio this morning for her only live interview. she is playing the world's most famous movie star. but first, she is live on "good morning america." >>> good morning, america. we have breaking news just as we come on the air. sirens welling across southern israel and tel aviv right there. palestinian rock et cetera targeting tel aviv just exploded. we're right on the edge of war in the middle east right now. there's no injuries reported from this latest shell explosion. but this is a serious escalation. >> we have our eye on all of the developments there. >>> and we also have the latest on the millio
the former cia director general david petreaus. >> the investigation now involving general john allen who replaced petreaus as the top american commander in afghanistan and last night the fbi searched the north carolina home of paula broadwell with whom petreaus had an affair. tara mergener has the latest. >> reporter: ordering a pentagon investigation of one of the nation's highest profile u.s. military officials. general john allen, the man who succeeded david petreaus as head of the international forces in afghanistan is linked to the investigation involving his predecessor. secretary of defense leon panetta says the fbi has turned the case over to department of defense investigators. the senior u.s. defense official says the inquiry centers around potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley, the florida woman who sparked an investigation that led to petreaus' resignation as head of the cia. >> if you know my sister like i said, she is a dedicated mother and wife. >> reporter: kelley went to the fbi when she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous source. those
that led to petreaus' resignation from the head of the cia. >> my sister is a dedicated mother and wife. >> reporter: she first went to the fbi when she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous source. they were allegedly linked to paula broadwell. she was having an affair with petreaus and reportedly believed kelley was a romantic rival for his attention. investigators searched broadwell's home. they didn't say what they were looking for but carried out boxes boxes and a computer. general allen is in washington dc on his new job for head of the u.s. european command. president obama has now agreed to put the general's confirmation for that post on hold. >> while this matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, general allen will remain commander. >> reporter: general allen denies he has done anything wrong. and the defense secretary is asking in a confirmation hearing for allen's successor be moved up. >> jill kelley was named as the first person who sparked the investigation into the affair and now she's linked to general allen as well. >> reporter: well,
. >>> and in the next half hour, the growing fallout from the scandal that took down the cia director. how the cases led to consequences for the top u.s. general in afghanistan. >>> a deal to end the supermark strike. the agreement that prompted workers to put down the picket signs. >>> it feels awkward. >> but now he is running right. why you should think of eggs to avoid injury. [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow, you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. blah blah blah. if i had a sleepover, i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get a free wireless receiver with a qualifying u-verse plan. rethink possible. petraeus affair. if you're keepi growing scanda >>> now at 6:30, add another layer of intrigue to the david petraeus affair. now if you are keeping score, the growing scanda
five-day forecast and the holiday weekend view as well. >>> thank you, bill. the former cia director breaks his silence. why what david petraeus said is being kept secret. >>> and the battle between sheriff roth kree mee, the letter the sent to the mayor and what he said .Ñj6+ . >>> david petraeus made his first official remarks today after resigning last week because of an extramarital affair. ktvu's john fowler is in the news room tonight with what the general said and why we won't be hearing it. john. >> general petraeus testified during a dmraszed session of congress, a highly -charged appearance about libya and unlike previous trips to capitol hill, his wife did not accompany him. >> tight security surrounded closed-door sessions on capitol hill. retired general david petraeus apoll jiedz to lawmakers for his affair that led to his resignation last week. it's something san mateo congresswoman jackie speer today reveals a military culture of sexual corruption. >> i am deeply deeply disappointed in former general petraeus's actions. the jury is still out on what general allen did
, fbi agents raiding the home of paula broadwell. that is the woman who cost the cia director his job, the alleged affair cost him his job. welcome back to "early start." >>> it's 28 minutes past the hour now. >>> another big shoe droming in the sex scandal that cost david petraeus his job as cia director. the man who succeeded him as commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, general john allen is now under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelly. the general denies any wrongdoing. >>> the pentagon says allen will continue his role in afghanistan while the matter is being investigated. jill kelly is described as an unpaid socially liaison at a military base in tampa. she is a petraeus family friend who triggered the fbi investigation after receiving anonymous threatening e-mails from the woman at the center of the scandal. >> that would be petraeus' biographer and mistress, paula broadwell. their extramarital affair began after petraeus retired and became cia director in september of last year. a team of fbi agents were searching broadwell's home
the abrupt resignation of cia director david petraeus more details are emerging about the chain of events that lead to his departure. we begin tonight with bob orr in washington. >> good luck, sir. >> reporter: sources say the down fall of c.i.a. director david petraeus was rooted in jealousy. the f.b.i., uncovered evidence of an affair between petraeus and his biographer paula broadwell after she sent harassing messages to another woman who broadwell thought was too close to petraeus. source have identified the second woman as 37-year-old jill kelley of the tampa area. cbs news has been told kelley is a civilian who does work for the u.s. central command. petraeus headed the central command from late 2008 to mid 2010. and during that time presented kelley and her husband an award for raising money to pay for junior enlisted men and women to attend military balls. petraeus has told friends that he had no romantic involvement with kelley. and only saw her when she was with her husband. law enforcement officials say they found no evidence to refute that. and described kelley as a victim who
to capitol hill today. house intelligence leaders will ask fbi deputy director sean joyce and acting cia director michael morrell about the events that led to david petraeus' resignation as head of the spy agency. petreaus left the job when news of an affair with his biographer paula broadwell became public. >> did you have any indication that -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: tampa social ice jill kelley initiated the fbi investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation after receiving threatening e-mails linked to broadwell. kelly is connected to another general. america's top commander in afghanistan, general john allen. the pentagon is looking at more than 20,000 documents and e- mails between allen and kelley which some have labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. >> reporter: general allen's nomination to be the leader of u.s. forces european command and nato's supreme allied commander is in doubt. >> his nomination has been put on shoulder as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> reporter: the white house says pr
in all diesel engines. >> a second u.s. general is now caught up in the scandal that brought down cia director david petraeus. and the same florida socialite is at the center of it all. was jill kelley's complaint that ended up revealing petraeus' extramarital affair. an inappropriate relationship between kelley and john allen. he was in line to become the military head of nato. that's now on hold as the investigation continues. allen denies think wrong doing and remains on duty. >> president has great confidence in the military. great confidence in his commanders and will continue to have that confidence. >> a person close to kelley denies any affair. even flirtatious e-mails could cost allen his career if the content is determined to be dishonorable. kelley is a 37-year-old married mother of three. >> she's named an honorary ambassador to coalition forces. john miller shows us it's a diplomatic nicety she may have taken a little too seriously. >> reporter: dr. scott kelley, a prominent tampa surgeon and his wife jill are on all the right vip lists. but according to current and forme
involving two of the men he counted on most, former cia director david petraeus and afghan war commander general john allen. the newest headlines in the investigation are creating even more of a tangled web. this morning's "wall street journal" reports general allen, who is now under investigation for e-mails between he and jill kelley of tampa florida, is telling associates that he received an e-mail traced back to paula broadwell, the petraeus biographer accused of sending harassing e-mails to jill kelley. according to the journal, allen says the broadwell e-mail was written under the pseudonym kelley patrol. it described kelley as a, quote, seductress, and warned the general about becoming entangled in a relationship with the married socialite. the journal also reports kelley tried this summer to get the fbi to drop the investigation that began with kelley's complaint of harassing e-mails traced back to broadwell. people familiar with the case tell the journal that she became worried about personal information being provided to investigators. meanwhile, the washington post quotes seni
. lynn >>> well, jill kelley, the tampa socialite caught up in the scandal involving former cia chief david petraeus, is now going on the offense. after two weeks of silence kelley's lawyers has released e-mails he wrote designed to prove she never intentionally or acted inappropriately. one letter to the u.s. attorney demands to know who in the government leaked kelley's name to the media after she received e-mails from petraeus biographer and mistress paula broadwell. meanwhile, "the new york times" reports the pentagon investigation into e-mails between kelley and general allen t top nato commander in afghanistan, has been narrowed down to between 60 and 70 messages that according to a defense official bear a fair amount of scrutiny. >>> well, if there is any doubt the holidays are fast approaching, here's a sure sign. tonight is the lighting of the world famous rockefeller center christmas tree. always a favorite time of year around here. right downstairs bill karins is live on the plaza for us with a preview of what the weather will be like, there, here, all around the nation. go
by acting cia director michael morell who helped explain the flawed talking points rice repeated in talk show appearances days after the libya attack. in a statement rice said we certainly wish we had perfect information, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. >> she said what she believed was true and she was under no political influence from the white house. >> reporter: republicans aren't buying that. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> reporter: rice is also defending her own potential nomination as secretary of state. the white house says the focus on rice is about washington politics. >> people are more interested in talking points from a sunday show than they are about finding out what happened in benghazi. >> reporter: that attack now a front line for a political battle on capitol hill. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> elsewhere, the tampa socialite caught up in the scandal involving david petraeus is going on the offensive. after two weeks of silence, kelley's lawyer has released e-mail
. >>> to the hill, former cia director david petraeus agrees to testify this week before congress about the deadly attack in benghazi as new details emerge about the e-mails that led to his resignation. >>> this morning, senator john mccain weighs in on it all. >>> and guy's new restaurant gets one of the harshest reviews ever written. a drink that tastes like radiator fuel, guy fights back in a live interview today, thursday, november 15th, 2012. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. we'll talk about major breaking news in a minute. but the review you talked about about guy fieri's restaurant, i have never read a review like this. and a lot of people are wondering, is this fair? the kind of review that should be written? or did this go across some kind of a line? >> yeah, use whatever word you want to use, roasted, fileted, skewered. when the review starts out guy fieri, have you eaten at your new restaurant in time square? we look forward to a response. >> looking forward to what he has to say. >>> also a developing story in
general caught up in the scandal that ended the career of cia director petraeus. the pentagon is investigating. >> reporter: in a new twist to the david petraeus sex scandal the pentagon says the top american commander in afghanistan general john allen, is under investigation for sending allegedly improper e-mails to jill kelley the florida woman who triggered the investigation that forced petraeus to resign. pentagon is reviewing between 20 and 30,000 documents involved, allen denies any wrongdoing and remains in his current position. late monday, agents spent five hours at the home of petraeus' former mistress, paula broadwell leaving this morning with several boxes after the fbi told abc news they discovered thousands of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus, detailing the affair. the affair came to light over the summer as part of an fbi investigation that began after jill kelley received threatening e-mails she believed were from broadwell. officials say well had classified material on her computer which is illegal, the fbi does not believe any of it came from petraeus,
. >>> our big story, three days after e-cia director david petraeus resigned following his admitted affair with his buying on ferreira, more questions arrived. >> congress is demanding answers wondering why they weren't told sooner. melanie alnwick has the latest on this story. >> reporter: tuesday, while all of america was focused on the election, behind the scenes, cia director david petraeus is being advised to resign as his affair was about to become very public and now members of congress are asking questions about the timing. david petraeus and paula broadwell first met in the spring of 2006. four years later, a dissertation written by broadwell about the four-star general developed into something much more. >> i had been working on this project as my dissertation and when he went to afghanistan in the summer of 2010, i decided it turn it into a book. i shot him an e-mail and said i'm going to go for it. i showed up in afghanistan. >> reporter: the fbi discovered at fair between petraeus and broadwell while the agency was investigating harassing e-mails allegedly sent by broadwell to
of the woman at the center of the scandal that forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the obama administration's latest attempt to explain the misleading information given out in the days after the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya died in what we now know was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest, dana? >> reporter: wolf, the three republican senators who had vowed to block susan rice from being secretary of state if the president nominates her had really softened the rhetoric in recent days. i'm told the r
the libya attack was wrong but that the information came directly from the cia. same is true of condoleezza rice who passed on incorrect cia information on weapons of mass destruction in iraq, but was still overwhelmingly confirmed as secretary of state. susan rice is closer to the president than anybody in his cabinet and has been an overachiever for most of her life. high school valedictorian, basketball star, rhodes scholar, rising star in the clinton administration, but she also has a reputation for blunt talk. >> by all accounts, she is talented, capable, and extremely abrasive. >> reporter: in the 2008 campaign she ridiculed hillary clinton's foreign policy experience and called john mccain reckless and confused. if the president does nominate her, those who know susan rice well say she's more than up for the fight, and although it would be a bruising confirmation battle, she almost certainly would have the votes to be confirmed. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> interesting parallel that story points out between condoleezza, confirmation process, and this one. "the washington
fast-developing cia sex scandal, now reaching the highest levels of the military. a new top american general implicated overnight. was general john allen having a relationship with the whistleblower in the middle of the case? plus, federal agents descend overnight on paula broadwell's home. >>> happening now, emergency on the mountain. two snowboarders stranded in a blizzard for two nights on mt. rainier, sending distress calls from a snow cave. searchers racing to track them down before it's too late. >>> millionaire business titan on the run. we know him as the man who developed the software that protects our computers. now he's accused of killing his neighbor. he speaks out about why he's hiding from police this morning. >>> and she's just 12 singing with a turkey leg. meet the new viral sensation. starring in this explosive holiday music video. but this is the latest contender for worst song ever? she's getting face, whether you like it or not. ♪ >>> good morning, everyone. hello to robin. as you all know, she's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. welcome back
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